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ROB HALFORD Says He Will Sing RIPPER-Era JUDAS PRIEST Material

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, who recently rejoined the group after more than 12 years apart, revealed during an online chat Saturday (August 16) that the songwriting process for PRIEST's next studio album has already begun. "We are writing now, slowly bit by bit putting the pieces together," he said. "All I can see is ...

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Former BUCKCHERRY Frontman Announces Solo Tour

Former BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has lined up a number of solo dates during August/September. The details are as follows: Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL - Oasis 160 Aug. 17 – Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Bar Aug. 19 – Detroit, MI - I-ROCK Aug. 20 – Cleveland, OH - Agora Aug. 22 - Asbury ...

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TRIUMPH To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of US FESTIVAL With Live DVD/CD

The Canadian hard-rock trio TRIUMPH will mark the 20th anniversary of the legendary US Festival with separate DVD and CD releases, "Live At The US Festival", on TML Entertainment Inc., distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, on September 23, 2003. TRIUMPH — vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore — were an integral ...

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ANGER Confirmed For Florida's 12 HOURS OF MAYHEM Festival

Florida-based hardcore kings ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), have been confirmed for the first annual 12 Hours Of Mayhem festival, set to take place November 1 at the Mahi Shrine Auditorium in Miami. The show will feature 12 of South Florida's heaviest metal and hardcore bands and will also include ...

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NORTH SIDE KINGS To Record New Material

Arizona's NORTH SIDE KINGS will be entering a Phoenix studio next weekend (July 25-26) to record several new tracks, including a cover of ANTHRAX's "Among The Living", to be featured on a "Tribute To Thrash" CD released on Blackfish Records early next year. Another song will only be available as an MP3 on the group's ...

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JOHN PETRUCCI's Dream Lives On

Rafer Guzmán of Newsday reports that if the name John Petrucci doesn't immediately ring a bell, that's OK. The Kings Park (Long Island) native is used to it. "A lot of times, I'll meet somebody new, and I'll tell them what I do," says the guitarist for DREAM THEATER, which plays at the Tommy Hilfiger ...

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VADER Set Release Date For New Mini-CD

Polish death metallers VADER have set an October 20 European release date through Metal Blade Records for their new mini-CD, entitled "Blood". The seven-song effort will reportedly contain two new songs, "We Wait" and "Shape-shifting", which will be recorded over a one-week period beginning on July 10 at Red Studio with engineer Piotr Lukaszewski ("Reign ...

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HELLOWEEN Announce World Tour!

Veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN have announced the dates for their forthcoming world tour in support of their recently released "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" album. The trek will be the group's first with new members Sascha Gerstner (guitar) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums). Upcoming HELLOWEEN tour dates: South America Sep. 11 - Bar Opiniao - Porto ...

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EDENBRIDGE Singer To Guest On POWER QUEST CD

EDENBRIDGE singer Sabine Edelsbacher will fly to England in July to record one song for the next POWER QUEST album. The recordings take place at Thin Ice studios, owned by Karl Groom (THRESHOLD) and Clive Noland (ARENA, PENDRAGON). In other news, Sabine recently recorded two songs ("To Believe Enough To Fight", "The Pagan Dream") for ...

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KREATOR: DVD Trailer Posted Online

German thrash metal pioneers KREATOR have posted a trailer for their upcoming "Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory" DVD at their official web site. Check it out: Hi-Speed, Lo-Speed. "Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory", due in North America on July 22 through SPV (June 23 in the rest of the world), features ...

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NILE, KREATOR, VADER: More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming "Art of Noise II" tour, featuring headliners NILE with support from KREATOR, VADER, AMON AMARTH and GOATWHORE. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Oct. 01 – Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX Oct. 02 - Villa Real Center - Mc. Allen, TX Oct. 03 - The Backroom - ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Singer To Co-Host 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell has been tapped to co-host ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for an entire week starting Monday (June 16). Performing on the program during the week will be a handful of artists on the upcoming Lollapalooza tour, including THE DONNAS, ROONEY, KINGS OF LEON, former "Jackass" troublemaker Steve-O and JANE'S ADDICTION themselves. ...

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HALFORD To Film Anaheim Show For Upcoming DVD

Legendary vocalist Rob Halford and his band HALFORD will film and record their Sunday, June 8, 2003 concert at The Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California for a future DVD release. Tickets for this historic show are being sold at a special 2-for-1 discount. By providing a special password — the word "metal" — fans ...

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DISILLUSION Name New CD

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION have set "Back To Times Of Splendor" as the title for their upcoming full-length debut, to be released by Metal Blade Records in September/October under a licensing agreement with Voice Of Life Records. All following albums will be released directly under the Metal Blade banner. Among the cuts set to appear ...

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EMERALD To Enter Studio In September

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD will enter the studio in September to record their new album, "Forces Of Doom", for an early 2004 release through Germany's Crazy Life Music/Shark Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Tears Of A Warrior 02. Until Freedom Returns 03. Forces Of Doom 04. ...

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PAINMUSEUM Drop Off HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and longtime Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass, have withdrawn from their previously announced Los Angeles, Anaheim and Las Vegas dates in support of HALFORD and TESTAMENT, citing "economic and logistical constraints" as the reason for their ...

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HALFORD Officially Split With SANCTUARY RECORDS

HALFORD have officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records after having released two studio albums and one double live CD through the label. The band, who recently cancelled the North American leg of their The Metal Gods 2003 tour due to contractual difficulties, "were released from [their] recording agreement with Sanctuary, with two albums remaining, in ...

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DISILLUSION Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The three-piece are currently working on their full-length debut which will be released by Metal Blade in September/October under a licensing agreement with Voice Of Life Records. All following albums will be released directly under the Metal Blade banner. "We are all very ...

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EDGE OF SANITY's SWANÖ To Use Guest Singers On Upcoming CD

Producer/musician/songwriter Dan Swanö has elaborated on his plans to record a new EDGE OF SANITY album, "Crimson II", which he hopes to issue on August 26 through Black Mark Records. According to Swanö, "I will not growl one second [on the upcoming album]. I would if I could, but I've tried and it sounds even ...

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DAVE GROHL Lays Down Drums For New KILLING JOKE Album

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl has laid down the drum tracks for the new KILLING JOKE album, tentatively titled "Axis of Evil", according to Billboard. The project, which will be out in June on Sony worldwide, was produced by GANG OF FOUR's Andy Gill and is the veteran U.K. rock act's first since 1996's ...

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Finish Filming Video For 'Stillborn'

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY filmed a video for the track "Stillborn", the first single off their forthcoming "The Blessed Hellride" CD, this past Monday (March 24) in Los Angeles, with Rob Zombie directing. Roughs will be done Friday (March 28) and the final copy should be turned in early April. In other news, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ...

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BATHORY: 'Nordland II' Track Listing Revealed

BATHORY's new album, "Nordland II", will be released on March 31 in Europe and April 29 in North America through Black Mark Records. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Fanfare 02. Blooded Shore 03. Sea Wolf 04. Vinland 05. The Land 06. Death And Resurrection Of A Northern Son 07. ...

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